Cultures of secrecy in pre-modern papal elections

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Pattenden, Miles. (2018). Cultures of secrecy in pre-modern papal elections. In In S. Ferente, L. Kunčević and M. Pattenden (Ed.). Cultures of Voting in Pre-Modern Europe pp. 94 - 112 Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351255042-7
AuthorsPattenden, Miles
EditorsS. Ferente, L. Kunčević and M. Pattenden
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This chapter focuses on the theme of secrecy – an important subject for inquiry in its own right. It looks at how political and theological factors interacted to shape attitudes to secrecy in various forms over an extended period. The chapter shows how the evolving culture of secrecy reflected the strange hybrid constitution that gave rise to it: an elective monarchy with elements drawn from contemporary ideas about princes, older ecclesiastical strata and even the political practices of the ancient Roman Republic. It addresses changing understandings of secrecy and their immediate impact; they explain how theology justified – or even mandated – such understandings and how they interacted with the political calculations that all cardinals had to make individually or corporately. The chapter considers how secrecy impacted the ceremonies associated with the election, ongoing papal administration during it and the attitude of the Roman populace to what they saw taking place

Page range94 - 112
Year2018
Book titleCultures of Voting in Pre-Modern Europe
PublisherRoutledge
Place of publicationLondon, United Kingdom
ISBN9781138215962
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351255042-7
Research GroupInstitute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
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